Circle of 6: The App That Could Literally Save Your Life
If someone is faced with threat of rape or sexual assault, or just wants out of an uncomfortable situation — well, there’s an App for that. While mace and rape whistles are well and good, the future is here: I introduce to you the Circle of 6 app.
Say you’re at a party and start to get uncomfortable, but your only friend there is having a blast; or your on a date that’s making you uncomfortable; even if you simply need relationship advice, this app is for everyone (the website even states “men can be victims of sexual abuse, too”). It’s backed by Joe Biden and it’s already won four awards including the White House Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge, Avon Foundation for Women End Violence, and an award from the Institute of Medicine.HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
Once you download the app you’ll be prompted to choose 6 friends or family members. Choose ones that are close to you, who know you well, et cetera, just make sure they are people who would be willing to help you out. Above all, make sure that you trust them. I chose three local friends and three family numbers…
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Le app non sono mica tutte solo ludiche, divertenti e frivole. Alcune sono in realtà funzionali e effettivamente utili. Altre nascono con missioni di servizio ben specifiche, diremmo quasi essenziali. E’ il caso di due app selezionate attraverso il concorso Apps Against Abuse indetto dalla White House e ora appena lanciate sul mercato dal Department of Health and Human Services del Governo USA: Circle of 6 e OnWatch.
Pensate innanzitutto per le studentesse dei college –secondo il sito del Governo USA, il 43% delle studentesse che esce abitualmente è stata vittima di un abuso di tipo sessuale- sono downloadabili dall’iTunes store gratuitamente e presto saranno disponibili anche per gli altri tipi di smartphone.
Circle of 6: free mobile app to prevent dating violence & abuse
The team behind Circle of 6 are raising money to promote & distribute their iPhone app and develop a Droid version.
It’s a great concept — here’s more background:
Circle of 6 is an iPhone app for college-aged students and their friends to stay close, stay safe, and prevent violence before it happens.
We believe that staying connected to a small group of people is critical to keeping you and your friends informed and safe. Circle of 6 is a mobile app that makes it quick and easy to reach your circle and let them know where you are, and what you need. It’s a fast, easy-to-use and secure way to look out for each other.
The design is simple. It takes two touches to get help, so no fumbling or digging around for the right number. We use icons to represent actions, so that no one can tell what you’re up to if they see your phone. The design ensures safety, speed and privacy. GPS is integrated (using Google maps), and is only activated by you, and sent to your own Circle of 6.
Anyone that I know IRL and we have each other's numbers, especially if we live near each other, can you take a look at this please
I’m filling out this app called Circle of 6, it’s an app where if I’m in trouble I can discreetly use the app to automatically send out a text either asking the six people to come get me from where I am or call me (to provide an “out” for me to get out of a bad situation).
It’s for emergencies only so I won’t be using it regularly (or hopefully ever, in fact) but if you’re okay with me putting you in it, ESPECIALLY if you live close to me, like this post or reply or something.
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Circle Of 6.
Circle of 6 is a way to try and help. Pick 6 of your trusted contacts in your phone.Decided the situation and it sends automatic texts out to them.
Feeling uncomfortable at a party or just have a bad feeling going home. Maybe you are in a sketchy area and you don’t want to be there anymore. Circle of 6 sends out your gps location and a message to those 6 ppl asking to get you home.
On a date and need to leave asap. Or a person is giving you a really bad vibe. Circle of 6 sends out a mass text asking them ‘need to leave. please call and pretend you need me for something.’
Stop the abuse. Stop the rapes. Stop the attacks.
Maybe Todd Akin Was Kind of Right?
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You know, Todd Akin was kind of right.
When women truly feel that their bodies are legitimately under attack, they do have a way of shutting it down. It’s called the female electorate—and on Tuesday night, they shut down the almost daily sexist garbage we’ve been dealing with from our elected officials big time.
First of all, our two favorite rape apologists—Todd Akin of “legitimate rape” fame and Robert Mourdock who claimed that a child conceived from rape was still “a gift from God”—were sore losers. Not only is it incredibly gratifying that these men won’t serve in office—it’s empowering that outraged citizens took their anger to the ballot box and made sure that these men would not be their representatives.
Secondly, we created our very own binder full of women—and they’re headed straight for the US Senate. In January, at least 18 women—and possibly as many as 20—including Elizabeth Warren, who has spearheaded campaign finance reform in Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay US Senator, will serve on our senate, adding a critical progressive female voice to our policy-making and coming that much closer to truly representing the 51 percent at the political level. We hope next election will also include many more women of color.
Lastly, we re-elected President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden—who have not only kept their promises of guarding women’s rights, but implemented policies to expand them. President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has expanded healthcare coverage and saved many lives—by next year, birth control without copay will be available for every woman with health insurance. Vice President Biden continues to be devoted to combating violence against women, and raising awareness—including a contest that resulted in our Circle of 6 App.
Of course, in order for the days of rape apologists, restrictions on birth control, attacks on our bodily autonomy to truly be over, it will take far more than simply voting for elected officials. It will take holding our elected officials accountable to keeping their promises. It will take actively making sure that issues like rape, abortion access and reproductive health care become people’s issues—not just women’s issues. It will take having these conversations in our daily lives, making the personal political at work, in our communities and with our friends and family. It will take standing up to injustice when we see it—no matter how small—to ensure that it becomes just as unacceptable as claiming that only a fraction of rapes are legitimate and if a child is conceived from one of them, it must be treated as a gift from God.
But excellent elected officials is a great start. Congratulations, and here’s to 2012-2016!
Founder, The Line Campaign
Every college student with an iPhone or Android phone should check out Circle of 6. It’s an awesome app that allows you to alert a completely customizable list of 6 of the people you trust the most when you need help. It also allows you to send an alert to national rape prevention hotlines or a prevention hotline of your choice. If you’re stuck somewhere and can’t get home safely, you can send a message to the 6 with a direct map of where they can find you. If you’re on a date that isn’t going well, you can send a message asking for one of your 6 to call you with a distraction. If you need advice about a relationship, you can send a message to your 6 letting them know that you’re in this situation without asking for immediate attention.
Do it. It just might be worth it.
“If someone is faced with the threat of rape or sexual assault, or just wants out of an uncomfortable situation — well, there’s an app for that. While mace and rape whistles are well and good, the future is here: I introduce to you the Circle of 6 app.”
Circle of 6 App: http://www.circleof6app.com/
A few days ago some friends and I were discussing women’s rights and our experiences being harassed by men. Now, I’m not going to say that I am completely innocent and virtuous, and I never go out in potentially dangerous situations. I am fully aware that sometimes I do things that aren’t the best ideas as far as staying safe.
for example, I live in hollywood. for anyone who doesn’t know, hollywood is actually kind of a shit hole, and there are a lot of really creepy, skeazy men that hang around there at night. basically, its dangerous to go out in hollywood at night, unless you are with a large group of people. yet i decided that i wanted to go out, and did. the result was my being literally chased down a block and across a busy intersection by a man much larger than me, who only stopped when a random stranger saw me being chased and stood in front of me, glaring at the other man.
another incident like this would be one time when i was at a bar with a friend and we separated. once on my own, a large man immediately started hitting on me in an uncomfortable and creepy way, and wouldn’t accept my rejections to his advances. he kept getting closer and closer to me, and grabbing my arm, refusing to let me go. the harassment got so bad that a random man at the bar, who i didn’t know and didn’t ask to do this, came over and pretended to be my boyfriend because he saw how distressed i was and could tell that the man wasn’t going to leave me alone.
obviously, I know that it shouldn’t be like this: men shouldn’t feel like they have the right to harass and mistreat girls in this way. and yet, sadly, they do. and often times, sadly, men don’t believe you when you tell them no, or they think they have a right to your body anyway. while i am extremely grateful to these strangers who have helped me in the past, it also upsets me that the only way I can get somebody to stop harassing me is by enlisting the help of another man, as if girls are really male property or can’t really make decisions by themselves. often, a diversion of sorts or a friend coming to get you, etc., i the only way you can escape these kind of harassments, but what can you do when a man is in your face, not letting you look at your phone?
heres where circle of 6 app comes in. when i told my friend about my experiences like this, she told me about this app, and honestly i think it is a brilliant idea. the way it works is you add in six friends from your contacts to the app. then, when you are in trouble, all you have to do it tap the app, and tap one of the three options (come get me with a pinpoint; call me, i need a diversion; and i need some advice) and it will automatically send the message to the six people you put in earlier. further, in emergency situations there is an emergency rape hotline, a domestic abuse hotline, and the option for you to input your own local hotline if you need.
im sending this out because even though i just got it and havent needed to use it yet, i firmly believe that this app would be extremely helpful and could help to protect hundreds if not thousands of girls. i know in the past this app would have been helpful, and i expect in the future it will help me again.
so here is the information on the app: http://www.circleof6app.com/
i encourage everyone, not just young girls but girls especially, to buy this app. seriously. buy it.